Hundreds Ethiopians detained in Zambia over illegal stay

However already the Ethiopian government through its Harare embassy has initiated talks with Zambian counterpart to free them.

Hundreds Ethiopians detained in Zambia over illegal stay

However already the Ethiopian government through its Harare embassy has initiated talks with Zambian counterpart to free them.

29 October 2017 Sunday 17:27
Hundreds Ethiopians detained in Zambia over illegal stay

By Azania Post Reporter

ZAMBIAN government has detained over 100 illegal Ethiopians who entered the Southern Africa country without having documents.

However already the Ethiopian government through its Harare embassy has initiated talks with Zambian counterpart to free them.

Speaking to journalists, Meles Alem, Spokesperson for Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said his ministry is working with the Ethiopian embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, to free 118 imprisoned Ethiopians.

Ethiopia doesn't have an embassy in Zambia, and instead uses its diplomatic mission in Zimbabwe to coordinate diplomatic activities with Zambia, as well as Angola and Mauritius.

Alem added that his ministry has already been able to repatriate in recent months 147 Ethiopians that were languishing in Zambian prisons.

Human traffickers use countries like Zambia as a transit point to smuggle Ethiopians to Africa's largest economy South Africa, which is home to tens of thousands of both legal and undocumented Ethiopians.

Xinhua

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